Discover the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) museum in Regent’s Park – England’s oldest medical college. Explore 500 years of medical history and art in London’s most extraordinary modernist building.
Collections range from portraits, providing a pictorial and sculptural record of presidents, fellows and other physicians associated with the RCP, from its foundation in 1518 to the present, the fascinating Symons collection of medical instruments, and the Hoffbrand collection of apothecary jars. Highlights include William Harvey’s demonstration rod, the RCP silver-gilt mace and six 17th century anatomical tables.
The RCP building is itself notable. It was built by Denys Lasdun in 1964 and has since been recognised as a building of national importance through its Grade I listing.
The archive has the complete RCP annals, its founding charter, and papers of leading medical figures, whilst the library includes 30,000 books printed pre-1900, over one hundred incunables and the first book printed in the English language, in 1473. These collections can be accessed by appointment.
Guided tours may be booked for groups, min 6 persons, at £6 per head.
FREE drop-in 30 minute tour of the building and collections first Wednesday of every month starting at reception 1.30pm (not for groups of 6 or more).
Between March and October these tours are immediately followed by FREE tours of the Medicinal Garden (60-90 minutes).
Multimedia guide available from reception – FREE to use (bank card required as security).